LOCATION: Rome, GA
Perhaps no single person had a greater effect
on the Cherokee Nation prior to 1838 than Major Ridge. He was a warrior,
council member, tribal leader, and the most prominent of those who signed
the Treaty of New Echota, which precipitated the Trail of Tears.
Chieftains Museum is the opulent home of Major Ridge,
who lived here while managing his vast wealth, including a ferry, plantation,
and general store.
This home is one of the finest built in North Georgia
before the Civil War. Vice president of the Confederacy Alexander Stephens
spent the night here on more than one occasion.
Highlight: The cutaway that exposes
the original house
Time: Allow an hour and a half for